All eyes are on John Carter this weekend. Over the last few weeks, Disney has been releasing clips that give us a better look at what we can expect from the science fiction epic. One of the coolest clips so far finds Carter chained in an arena where he has to fight large ape creatures gladiator-style.

This is a classic scenario that we've seen time-and-time again in the science fiction genre. Which isn't to say it isn't awesome, because it is. See for yourself with these 9 classic examples.

Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

The opening scenes of Return of the Jedi are some of the best in the series. That's solely because we're introduced to badass Luke Skywalker. Boosted by the confidence that mastering the Force brings, he strolls into Jabba's throne room and demands the release of Han Solo. He's laughed off and thrown into the Rancor pit, where he is to die for Jabba's amusement. Of course, no one is laughing when Skywalker punks the Rancor.

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

After being car-jacked, Mad Max finds himself in the post-apocalyptic craphole known as "Bartertown." This is where people go to trade food and goods and take in a fight to the death or two. Max finds himself in the arena where he's forced to take on the mutant Master Blaster, which is technically two against one. Or one-and-a-half against one. Or whatever.

The Coneheads

When Beldar Conehead returned to his home planet, his superiors were less than happy with his work on Earth. His punishment: face certain death when he is oredered to NARFTLE THE GARTHOK. However, narftling the Garthok isn't as impossible as it seems, assuming you get your golf game down to a score of 65.

The Running Man

In the year 2017, competition based reality shows about singing and dancing have gotten pretty dull. Therefore, the public demands hardcore violence and murder on our television screens. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars as a man wrongly accused and forced to compete for his life on "The Running Man," the government's highest-rated game show.

Astro Boy

Built in the image of his own lost son, a brilliant inventor is dissatisfied when the Astro Boy robot he built cannot fulfill his expectations. The young robot then runs away only to become swept up in the seedy world of underground robot gladiator battles. You laugh, but it's a real thing. Battle Bots put a family friendly sheen on it, but go into any bad neighborhood afterdark and you'll hear the unmistakable ding of metal on metal.

Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones

When Obi-Wan, Anakin, and Padme refuse to get out of Count Dooku's face, they are captured and sentenced to death in the Geonosian Arena. There they are attacked by a reek, a nexu, and an acklay, which are all pretty vicious creatures if you're not up on your Star Wars. What's most important here is that Natalie Portman's shirt gets ripped half off and we get to look at her.

Futurama - "Why Must I Be A Crustacean In Love?"

In an effort to help Zoidberg woo and mate with his longtime crush, Fry accidentally becomes the object of her desire. Zoidberg finds out and is sent into a rage, challenging Fry to Claw-Pach, a Decapod ritual fight to the death. Fry doesn't wish to harm Zoidberg until Dr. Z snips off his arm. Fry then joins the fight by beating Zoidberg with his own severed arm.

Mortal Kombat

The huge Shokan warrior, Prince Goro, was Mortal Kombat's scariest opponent. The defending champion used his strength and four massive arms to easily pulverize all opponents and earn his fearsome reputation. Johnny Cage ain't care, though. He challenges Goro to a match before the tournament's organizers and manages a win after punching him in the groin so hard that he falls off a cliff. Not sure how, but this lost Best Picture to Braveheart. Hollywood politics, I suppose.

Star Trek - "The Gamesters of Triskelion"

The original Star Trek series just loves them some gladiator battles. In the episode, "The Gamesters of Triskelion," Kirk, Uhura, and Chekov find themselves captives in an unknown arena. Their captor Galt, Master Thrall of Triskelion, explains to them that they will now spend the remainder of their days as gladiators fighting for the amusement of his masters, The Providers.

Kirk manages to strike a deal with The Providers. If he beats their warrirors, everyone is free to go and the Providers must teach the planet's inhabitants to run a free society. If he loses, none of that stuff happens. They foolishly accept, and Kirk flexes his doughy muscles to victory.

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